KINGMAN - Kingman's No. 1 girls tennis player Lara Iozzo reached the round of 16 at the Division II Girl's Singles State Championship tournament Friday and Saturday before bowing out at the Paseo Racquet Center.
Iozzo, a senior, opened the tournament with a 6-1, 6-2 win over Shadow Mountain's Bungener. Iozzo parlayed that into a second round win over Higley's N. Schooneman, 6-3, 6-3.
Iozzo met No. 5 seed Alex Nieminen of Cactus Shadows in the third round Saturday with a spot in the quarterfinals on the line. Nieminen ousted Iozzo in three sets, 6-2, 4-6, 6-2.
"Each of Lara's matches this weekend turned into her best match of the year," said KHS girls tennis coach Laura Hilfinger. "She just kept getting stronger throughout. She showed some very great play."
Iozzo's teammates Sacha Kessler and Natalie Collings were knocked out of the doubles tournament in the first round Friday to Yuma's Margarita Singh Kaila and McKaila Singh Kaila, 6-1, 6-0.
KHS out in first round of state
Kingman's Joshua Wyant exited the Division II Boy's Singles State Championship tournament Friday at the Scottsdale Ranch Park and Tennis Center in the first round. Wyant fell to Moon Valley's Graham, 6-0, 6-0.
In doubles, the Bulldogs' Austin Burke and Kaleb Carver fell in the first round to Gila Ridge's Harmon/Wofford, 6-0, 6-1.
Academy 18, Yuma Catholic 8
The Lady Tigers turned a close game into a mercy-rule affair when they sent 16 batters to the plate and scored 11 runs in the fourth inning en route to an 18-8 win over Yuma Catholic Friday at Southside Park.
Jessica Plew earned the win in the circle for the Academy (7-11 D-III, 4-5, Section II).
Jillian Winters (3-for-3, a double, five runs), Kiersten Kinsey (3-for-3, triple, two runs), Abbie Boss (two hits, two runs), and Alexis McDade (two hits, three runs) led the Academy at the plate.
The Lady Tigers wrap up their season Tuesday at Parker.
Flagstaff 12, Kingman 1
Flagstaff had ten runs on the board in the first inning before the Lady Bulldogs could settle down in D-II, Section V action Friday in Flagstaff in a win for the Eagles, 12-1.
"It was cold and wet. It was miserable," said KHS softball coach Dave Vance.
Natalie Borgens took the loss for Kingman (5-12, 0-5). Dani Shaw, Avery Lee, Bonnie Hipes and Kristine Johnson each had singles for the Lady Bulldogs, and Hipes scored the lone run.
Kingman hosts Lee Williams (10-5 D-III) in non-section play at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday.
Yuma Catholic 5, KAHS 1
The Tigers could put together just four hits and No. 11 Yuma Catholic (14-3, 7-1) put the Academy's playoff hopes in jeopardy in a D-III, Section II game Friday in Yuma, 5-1.
Academy (11-6, 4-4) is ranked No. 24, the last spot to gain entry into the state tournament.
The Tigers host Parker at 3:45 p.m. Tuesday at Southside Park Field 2. The two teams are scheduled to complete the suspended March 10 contest that is tied, 7-7, and then immediately following will play the regularly scheduled Section II game.
Flagstaff 13, Kingman 4
The Bulldogs fell to Flagstaff in D-II, Section V action Friday at KHS, 13-4.
Kingman (3-14, 0-5) next plays at Lee Williams (10-3 D-III) at 3:30 p.m. Tuesday.